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RICHMOND, Va. (STACKER) — Many families across the country have traditions related to restaurants. These may include returning to the same place every year for a birthday, going to the favorite spot around the corner for Sunday brunch or eating pie at the neighborhood pizza place on Friday nights.

While many diners visit the same restaurants every year, every month, or even every week, others want to try something new. Today’s consumers “are looking for new taste experiences that stimulate their palate and give them a break from their daily routine,” said Stacey Kinkaid, vice president of product development and innovation at US Foods, in a statement. “The trend toward global flavors demonstrates this, as diners seek discovery and a break from the mundane.”

US Foods, a major domestic food distributor, surveyed 1,000 people representing the demographics of the American population about their eating out and takeout habits. They found that the average person eats out about three times a month for a variety of reasons, whether it’s to socialize or enjoy the atmosphere, to celebrate something special, or to avoid the hassle of cooking (and cleaning up afterward).

When it comes to the type of restaurants they prefer to eat at, casual dining (62%) tops the list, followed by fast food (57%) and fast casual (54%). Contemporary casual (32%) and bar and grills (25%) round out the top five.

Need inspiration for your next restaurant meal out? Stacker compiled a list of recently opened restaurants in Richmond using Yelp data, including how each restaurant is rated by diners and what type of cuisine it serves. Get ready for new restaurant plans!

Note: The photos in this article are stock images and do not necessarily depict the restaurants listed or the dishes served there.

Tito’s Taqueria & Bar

– Rating: 3.6/5 (5 reviews)
– Address: 733 West Cary St. Richmond, Virginia
– Categories: Tacos, Desserts, Cocktail Bars

The Hive Bar & Grill

– Rating: 4.1/5 (9 ratings)
– Address: 23 West Marshall St. Richmond, Virginia
– Categories: Breakfast & Brunch, Cafés, Bars

Smoking & Barrel Kitchen

– Rating: 4.5/5 (4 reviews)
– Address: 2329 West Main St. Richmond, Virginia
– Categories: American, Cocktail Bars


– Rating: 3.7/5 (12 reviews)
– Address: 3001 West Leigh St. Ste A Richmond, Virginia
– Categories: Seafood, Cocktail Bars

Lucky sticks

– Rating: 4.8/5 (5 reviews)
– Address: 3000 West Cary St. Richmond, Virginia
– Categories: Chinese, Asian Fusion, Noodles


– Rating: 4.8/5 (14 reviews)
– Address: 111 North Robinson St. Richmond, Virginia
– Categories: Cocktail Bars, Seafood

This story features data reporting by Karim Noorani, written by Jaimie Etkin, and is part of a series leveraging data automation in 74 metropolitan areas.